The shortlist for the European Golden Boy award has been released and it is good news for English clubs with Arsenal and Liverpool both boasting two representatives among the nominees.
The annual trophy is decided by sports journalists from across Europe to decide who is the best player under the age of 21.
Liverpool youngsters Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey have both made the list, while Arsenal are represented through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell.
Manchester City also have one player on the shortlist as striker John Guidetti is recognised for his outstanding performances for Feyenoord where he managed to score 20 goals in just 23 games on a season-long loan in Holland.
The Liverpool duo of Sterling and Shelvey appear to have made the list for their superb performances at the start of the season, both players having forced their way into the first team plans of Brendan Rodgers.
Both midfielders have also seen their efforts recognised by their country, with Roy Hodgson giving them their first call-up to the England squad earlier this month.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is another bright young prospect who has forced his way into the England set-up after making an impact in the Arsenal first team last season.
The 19-year-old made 16 appearances in the Premier League last season and was a member of the England squad that took part in Euro 2012 earlier this summer.
His fellow Gunner Campbell may not be as well known to English football fans as he is yet to start a game for Arsenal. However, he impressed while playing on-loan last season at French side Lorient, while this season he is playing for Real Betis in Spain.
While yet to become a big name in European football, Campbell has an impressive record playing for Costa Rica and, despite being just 20-year-old, has scored six goals in his 15 appearances.
The award, which is decided by journalists from Tuttosport, L'Equipe, Marca, Bild, The Times and De Telegraaf, has previously been won by some of the biggest names in world football.
The complete list of nominees is:
David Alaba - Bayern Munich
Jano Ananidze - Spartak Moscow
Christian Atsu - FC Porto
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck - Troyes
Joel Campbell - Real Betis
Luc Castaignos - FC Twente
Thibaut Courtois - Atletico Madrid
Philippe Coutinho - Inter
Gerard Deulofeu - Barcelona
Julian Draxler - Schalke
Dudu - Dynamo Kyiv
Stephan El Shaarawy - AC Milan
Christian Eriksen - Ajax
Mario Gotze - Borussia Dortmund
John Guidetti - Manchester City
Isco - Malaga
Jese - Real Madrid
Ola John - Benfica
Vaclav Kadlec - Sparta Prague
Koke - Atletico Madrid
Mateo Kovacic - Dinamo Zagreb
Milan Lalkovic - Vitoria Guimaraes
Erik Lamela - Roma
Jurgen Locadia - PSV Eindhoven
Samuele Longo - Espanyol
Lazar Markovic - Partizan Belgrade
Bruno Martins Indi - Feyenoord
Iker Muniain - Athletic Bilbao
Ahmed Musa - CSKA Moscow
Pedro Obiang - Sampdoria
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal
Magomed Ozdoev - Lokomotiv Moscow
Paul Pogba - Juventus
Mohamed Salah - Basel
Jonjo Shelvey - Liverpool
Raheem Sterling - Liverpool
Raphael Varane - Real Madrid
Marco Verratti - Paris Saint-Germain
Granit Xhaka - Borussia Monchengladbach
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